Civil Engineering Project Management by BSC, FICE, FCIWEM Alan C. Twort and BSc(Eng), FICE, FCIArb

By BSC, FICE, FCIWEM Alan C. Twort and BSc(Eng), FICE, FCIArb J. Gordon Rees (Auth.)

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Design changes can cause much extra work, cost and delay to a contractor but may be forced on an employer by circumstances outside his control. To safeguard his position, an employer should not enter unsuitable contracts which do not give him power to adopt reasonable design changes at reasonable cost. Risk 4 is usually carried by the contractor in times of low inflation. Risk 5 is carried by the contractor who has to insure against it, although the employer may also insure against consequent damage to works he owns, and to any new works he takes over.

The promoter who is able to plan well in advance so that he can define exactly what he wants and can give his designers adequate time to complete their work, will usually get best value for money. A contractor who tenders for works that have been designed in all essentials and which are not subsequently altered, will usually be able to give a good price and fast construction. Time spent ensuring adequate site investigations, full working out of the best designs, and careful production of contract documents, is the best guarantee that construction of a project will be trouble-free, on time and to budget.

The 4th e d i t i o n - substantially revising the 3rd - incorporated changes resulting from consultations within the international construction industry and with major international lending agencies. These conditions were accepted by the major lending agencies who recommend or require their use together with additional clauses and amendments proposed by the agencies. An important requirement in FIDIC4 is that the engineer is specifically required to consult with both the employer and the contractor before making a decision on a contractor's claim for additional payment or extension of the contract period.

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